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Season 2008-09
 Hertha Berlin (n) Friendly (Mallorca Summer Cup Game 1)

Date: Friday 1st August 2008, 8.00pm (local)

 ONO Estadi, Mallorca


Admission: 30

None (teamsheet only)



Hertha Berlin

Newcastle United

1 - 0



Half time: Hertha 0 Newcastle 0

Marko Pantelic played the ball forward to Lennart Hartmann, whose first touch pushed him wide of the advancing Tim Krul and towards the byline. However, he still had the time to lift the ball into the middle for  Nicu to nod home the easiest of chances - 24 hours after the new signing from Second Division Wiesbaden had made his debut for Hertha in the UEFA Cup 0-1

Full time: Hertha 1 Newcastle 0

We Said

Kevin Keegan commented:

To follow...

They Said

Hertha's Swiss-born coach, Lucien Favre said:

Name, rank and number - and nowt else we can find.


United travelled with a 25 man party to Mallorca - although Oba Martins was there purely to work on his fitness: Given, Harper, Krul, Forster, Enrique, Beye, Edgar, Cacapa, Taylor, Tozer, Bassong, Geremi, Duff, Guthrie, Butt, N'Zogbia, Milner, Doninger, Gutierrez, Martins, Smith, Ameobi, Danquah, Donaldson, Godsmark.

Absent were: Faye, Kadar, Barton, Viduka, Owen, Carroll, LuaLua, Zamblera, Baheng - all with varying injury/fitness issues.

The side from the Olympic Stadium finished tenth in the eighteen team Bundesliga last season and begin their domestic campaign away to Eintracht Frankfurt on the same day we travel to Man U. 

Hertha's UEFA Cup campaign however is already underway, and they drew the second leg of their First Qualifying Round 0-0 in Moldova on Thursday night - just over 24 hours before this friendly.

Given that they led opponents FC Nistru Otaci 8-1 after the first leg however, their passage was virtually assured.


Newcastle suffered a second successive 1-0 defeat in their pre-season preparations, as hopes of a meaningless trophy success nose-dived on the Spanish isle of Mallorca.

Five of the Hertha Berlin starting lineup had been in UEFA Cup action just over 24 hours before facing the Magpies, but in front of a sparse crowd, the Bundesliga side found little to worry them from Kevin Keegan's toothless team.

With strike trio Viduka, Martins and Owen all absent, it was left to Ameobi and Smith to provide an attacking threat, which they singularly failed to do - save for Shola's miscued shot wide of the goal in the opening seconds.

Debutant Jonas Gutierrez returned to his former home of the Son Moix and showed some good touches in the first half, tracking back and working down both flanks.

An early injury to 'keeper Christian Fielder forced Hertha into a substitution, but it was deep into the second half when replacement Jaroslav Drobny saw any action. 

At that point substitute Duff made a run down the right and eluded a series of challenges, but was unable to add to his pre -season goal tally with an 18 yard effort  straight at the 'keeper.

Other than that, we badly lacked a cutting edge and with midfield creativity at a premium and set pieces ragged, a breakthrough never looked likely.

With the tie apparently set for penalties, Hertha broke forward and substitute Maximuliam Nicu beat sub 'keeper Tim Krul with a simple close range header to win it.

Doubtless the usual noises about a good workout in difficult conditions will appear, but aside from the missing players, our lack of a midfield playmaker was evident. 

In the night's other game - played after Newcastle's - Real Mallorca beat Hanover 4-2 in front of an even smaller crowd, most of the Mags having left in search of that all-important fluid replacement.



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